Michael Bennett, running back for the Seattle Seahawks, says that police used excessive force against him after the Mayweather-McGregor bout last month in Las Vegas. Bennett laid out the facts of the matter in a lengthy post that he shared on social media, demanding justice and fairness while stating that the system has failed him.
Bennett posted a tweet and Instagram image this morning with his statement alleging that on August 26, he was heading back to his hotel at the conclusion of the match when gunfire rang out. Running as many others did at the time, Bennett says police ordered him to the ground and one officer threatened to shoot him while another jammed a knee into his back to mobilize him. In Bennett’s emotional account, he writes that he feared he’d never get to see his wife and children again.
At the conclusion of the written statement, Bennett stated that he has retained the services of Oakland, California civil rights attorney John Burris to examine what legal steps the player can take next.
Colin Kaepernick called Bennett’s alleged treatment by Las Vegas police “disgusting and unjust” via Twitter while referencing the player’s written statement.
Video of the incident has been revealed (see on the flip).
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust. I stand with Michael and I stand with the people. pic.twitter.com/TqXFiso6lk
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 6, 2017